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Automatically Log Out of a Mac After a Period of Inactivity

Mar 23, 2013 - 2 Comments
Automatic Log Out in Mac OS X

Using the automatic log out feature is a good way to bring an additional layer of security to a Mac. It works just as you’d expect; after a predetermined amount of time has passed without activity, the active user account logs itself out. This means all currently running apps close out as well as all … Read More

Set Up Two-Step Verification for Apple ID to Increase Account Security

Mar 21, 2013 - 8 Comments
Set up two step verification for Apple ID's

Apple has added an optional two-step verification security authentication feature to Apple ID’s, the login which is used to manage everything from iCloud storage settings to iTunes and App Store purchases. With Two-Step Verification enabled, you’ll login as usual, but then be required to verify your identity by entering in a special verification code on … Read More

Reset App Access to OS X Privacy Data from the Command Line

Dec 19, 2012 - 11 Comments
tccutil manages OS X privacy database and app access

If you accidentally permitted an app to gain access to things like your personal contacts list or location, or you’d just like to start over again and have granular control over which applications can access certain data, you can use the command line tool tccutil in OS X 10.8 and later. Think of the tccutil … Read More

How to Remove EXIF Data from Images Quickly

Dec 5, 2012 - 9 Comments
Remove EXIF data from an image

Photos taken with digital cameras, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, all include some level of EXIF data, which is basically metadata with information about the image. With pictures taken from the iPhone and other smartphones, that data can even include details like precise geographic coordinates where the image was taken, (though that’s easy … Read More

How to Generate & Change a MAC Address in OS X the Easy Way

Nov 9, 2012 - 18 Comments
Change a MAC Address easily in OS X with LinkLiar

If you need to change a computers MAC address (the unique ID attached to a physical network interface), but aren’t comfortable with the command line approaches that we’ve discussed before, an excellent free preference panel called LinkLiar makes it easy. Not only does LinkLiar make changing MAC addresses remarkably simple for any network interface on … Read More

Limit Application Usage in Mac OS X with Parental Controls

Nov 8, 2012 - 1 Comment
Restrict App Usage in Mac OS X

If you want to restrict app usage for a particular user on a Mac, there is no easier option than Parental Controls. This is a great solution for parents setting up a limited-access account for a kid, for public usage Macs, Macs in the enterprise, or even just for a restricted Guest account for when … Read More

Prevent Siri Being Used from the Lock Screen in iOS

Oct 31, 2012 - 4 Comments
Disable Siri access from the Lock Screen in iOS

Siri works from the Locked Screen in iOS, letting you get things like the weather, make quick phone calls, and a variety of other incredibly useful tasks, but for the privacy and security buffs out there, this may be considered undesirable.

New Java Update 2012-006 for OS X Removes Java

Oct 19, 2012 - 26 Comments
Java for OS X Update 2012-006 removes Java from browsers

A new update labeled Java for OS X 2012-006 has been released for all versions of Mac OS X. The updates name is somewhat misleading however, in that instead of updating Java it actually uninstalls the Java applet plugin from all web browsers on the Mac. This is done as a security precaution to protect … Read More

How to Easily Tell If Someone Opened Your Files on a Mac

Oct 2, 2012 - 13 Comments
Determine if someone used your Mac and opened files

If you suspect someone is using your Mac while you’re away and getting into personal documents and files, the easiest way to quickly find out is by looking at the Recent Items list: Pull down the  Apple menu and go to “Recent Items” Look for apps, servers, and documents you didn’t open Now you’re … Read More

Encrypt Time Machine Backups with OS X

Sep 26, 2012 - 4 Comments
Encrypt Time Machine backups in Mac OS X

Time Machine backups can be encrypted right from your Mac. This means the data is extremely safe from prying eyes and the very unlikely event of a cracking attempt, and it also means you’ll need a password to access the encrypted backups yourself. Enabling this feature can be done in two ways: Enable Encryption on … Read More

How to Encrypt an External Drive Quickly in Mac OS X

Sep 17, 2012 - 9 Comments
Encrypted disk in Mac OS X

It’s now easier than ever to quickly encrypt external disks and hard drives from Mac OS X, whether they are USB drives, Firewire, or even SD cards. While you can still use the traditional route to encrypt disks through Disk Utility, from OS X Mountain Lion onward the process is streamlined directly into the Finder … Read More

How to Disable Java in Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and System-Wide

Sep 8, 2012 - 19 Comments
How to Disable Java

If you are tired of keeping up with all the Java security updates and potential vulnerabilities, you can avoid a potential problem completely just by disabling Java. For the average user, we’ve recommended keeping Java disabled as one of the primary means of protecting a Mac against potential malware, viruses, and trojans. In fact, the … Read More

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